Few things characterize Halloween more so than candy. In fact, it is one of the most popular traditions during this Fall holiday. However, sweets and treats are common culprits for dental problems such as tooth decay. This is why it is important to know what is actually good to eat and what to avoid for your teeth’s sake. Here are some candy worth avoiding from a dental perspective this Halloween.
Candies containing caramel are excessively sticky and can be attached to orthodontic appliances such as braces. These candies are most recommended for consumption directly after a meal, then you must brush and clean your teeth afterwards. With good dental cleaning and hygiene habits, you can avoid having caramel candy stick to your teeth. Your dentist can determine what additional steps are recommended to protect your teeth while eating candy. With a good cleaning routine following meals, you can minimize the time that these foods tend to stick to your teeth.
Gummy or Chewy Candies
Located in most candy products are bacteria that contributes to the development of acid when in the mouth. The acid in turn, dissolves the tooth enamel, which provides the ingredients for cavities to develop. Some of the most common chewing candies, including gummy bears and taffy, hang around the mouth the longest. If you see candy exhibiting chewing properties, then re-consider before eating them.
Suckers and lollipops are big hits in the Halloween bags of most children. They are fun to eat after a night of trick of treating, but they can also do a lot harm to your teeth enamel. Because they are consumed slowly, they can stick around your mouth for an excessive period of time. This inhibits saliva from protecting your mouth against the buildup of acid. This is why it is important to clean your teeth after having a sucker or lollipop.
For additional information about which candies are good or bad for your teeth, contact CITIDental Tremont today and schedule an appointment.